KIRKHOPE and Yarrow Primary Schools have been shortlisted in the Community Benefit category of the Scottish School Food Awards 2022.

The Borders schools will face stiff competition from Croy Primary School, Inverness, George Heriot’s, Edinburgh and St Leonards, St Andrews. 

The inaugural Scottish School Food Awards, which mark the culmination of a drive to recognise, celebrate and improve standards of well-being, sustainability and school meals across the country, aim to showcase and enhance the influence healthier lifestyles can have on pupil productivity.        

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Open to independent and local authority schools in addition to nurseries, music schools, early learning centres, contract caterers and foodservice suppliers, early learning centres, contract caterers, suppliers and technology providers, the awards are judged by 14 leading independent experts from across the education, foodservice, technology and business sectors.   

Headteacher of both schools Russell Williams said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Scottish Schools Food Awards 2022. 

"Kirkhope and Yarrow Primary Schools have been recognised for their health and wellbeing project to explore and promote healthy eating and to develop the children’s knowledge of a variety of foods and where they come from. 

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"The two valley schools near Selkirk are up against George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh, St Leonards School, St Andrews and Croy Primary School, Inverness for the award.  The winning school will be announced at the award ceremony in Edinburgh on Thursday 27th October.”

Border Telegraph: Director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools John Edward Director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools John Edward (Image: Scottish School Food Awards)

Awards Board chair John Edward (pictured), Director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, praised the ‘resourceful approaches,’ ‘consistent quality’ and efforts of schools across the country to improve foodservice, sustainability and well-being. 

The winners of the 2022 awards, run in partnership with Swiss Education Group and Yummy Jobs, will be announced at a black-tie event on the evening of Thursday October 27 at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh.